Battle of the DFS Games: DraftKings Vs FanDuel Vs United Games
Battle of the Leaders in DFS
Fantasy sports is a big deal in the USA. We take our sports teams seriously, and that includes fantasy leagues. Each year, millions of dollars are bet against games, and people walk away with easy money in their pockets. For the past five years, there have been two leaders duking it out to be the top DFS in the nation; New York based FanDuel, and Boston based DraftKings. There’s a new competitor entering the fight for top DFS, though. United Games app, which launches in a few weeks, and it set to turn the game on its head.
DraftKings is a DFS league. You pick your team, watch the games play out, and after all of your team members have played, your points are tallied, depending on the outcomes of your predictions. Unlike traditional fantasy leagues, though, you don’t have to wait until the end of the season to see a payout.
They offer a huge range of games that you can create teams for. They offer Football (this is America after all), Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Nascar, MMA, Golf, Hockey, and even an ESport (League of Legends). With such a large range of sports, everyone is sure to find something to play.
Creating an account for DraftKings is completely free. However, if you want to play in the paid contests, you’ll need to add credits to your account using a credit card, PayPal, or Dwolla. When you create your account, you receive a free $2 credit. This allows you to play one paid game of your choice, in addition to a bonus equal to the amount of your deposit. So, if you deposit $150, DraftKings matches you with another $100 of credit. Keep in mind, though, that DraftKings does not offer refunds once you sign up for a contest.
There is a small snafu, though, for those of us here in Texas. DraftKings is currently suing the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for the right to operate in the Lone Star State. PAxton is claiming that DFS falls under gambling, which is currently illegal in Texas.
FanDuel is another classic DFS game where you pick your team, and make pregame predictions. One of the major differences, though, is that FanDuel leagues only last through one game. It is in fact a ‘daily’ game that you play.
Unlike DraftKings and United Games, FanDuel only offers four sports: Football, Baseball, Soccer, and Hockey. Some people would argue that America lives off of these four sports, and anymore would just bog things down.
FanDuel, like DraftKings, is free when you create an account. The biggest problem for Texas based users, though, with FanDuel is that they have shut down all paid games in Texas. As with DraftKings, FanDuel’s DFS has been declared illegal in the Lone Star State. However, FanDuel is currently not contesting the ruling. As of May 1st, Texas fans can still play in the free games offered by FanDuel.
United Games is the new kid on the block when it comes to DFS games. In fact, the soon to be launched app isn’t even qualified as daily fantasy sports. Unlike with with DraftKings, and FanDuel, you don’t have to pay a cent to play any game. Yes, you can spend real currency in the app to be able to play the games, but tokens are earned for free when advertising is viewed.
When the new app launches, United Games plans to offer Football, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Rugby, Golf, Tennis, and Cricket.
One of the biggest game changers for United Games is that your predictions take place LIVE during the game. Say you’re watching The Cowboys play against the Rams. You have the option of entering a few pregame predictions in the form of multiple choice questions. Then, once the game goes live, you answer more multiple choice questions during each drive.
With your points earned every game, you gain more Lifetime Achievement Points, which count towards benchmarks. When each benchmark is met, players win an award depending on their Lifetime Achievement Points. Awards start off small, like hats, shirts, and gift cards, but over time players can earn travel tickets, tickets for important sporting events. Because of how the prize system works, United Games is not considered gambling under Texas State Law, like DraftKings and FanDuel.
With big celebrity names backing the new app like Michael Jordan, Steve-O from Jackass, and Emmitt Smith, United Games is expecting a huge turn out when the app is released next month. Since gambling won’t be an issue with the game, it may be the best bet, in the long run, for Texas based players to try.
When all’s said and done, our money is on the newcomer United Games to completely turn the world of DFS on it’s ear. Do you have a piece of the action yet?